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An auspicious start

January 31st, 2011 · Posted by Skuds in Politics · No Comments · Politics

I see that Crawley has spawned a new blog: the author is Peter Lamb.  I have every confidence that he will fill the gaping hole left in the Crawley blogosphere by Danivon moving up North.  OK, so he hasn’t actually written anything yet, but I have a good feeling about it because he comes highly recommended by no less an authority than the ever-readable Hopi Sen: surely a fixture on anybody’s RSS feed reader.

What a week for Crawley. First the FA Cup draw against Man Utd. and now a mention by Hopi Sen.  I may be overdoing the hyperbole a bit there, but I’m really pleased to see a new and younger voice coming onto the scene.

Note that I didn’t refer to the new blog as one from “Councillor Peter Lamb”.  He is a councillor, and a good one, but he seems to be writing in a more personal capacity which I think is a good thing for several reasons.  The main one is that he is not defining himself by what he does.   One reason I have been reluctant to return to that sort of thing is the great temptation to see ‘councillor’ as something you are rather than something you do, often alongside a day job that occupies far more of your time.

Hopi Sen may find he regrets ever endorsing Pete, who has the potential to be an even bigger political anorak and policy wonk than him.   Having got himself to the (admittedly self-proclaimed) position of being the Central Committee of the People’s Best Left Wing Blog through nobbling opponents left, centre-left and far-left, like a socialist Dick Dastardly, Hopi may find some stiff new competition in the Total Politics best political blog awards in 2012, if not in 2011.

Having said that…  no pressure Pete!

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